Elton John's 'Billy Elliot' Is Top Tony Nominee

With 15 nods, the British musical is the one to beat in this season's Broadway race

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Sir Elton John: Get out your tutu. The Rocket Man’s musical Billy Elliot, about a British working-class boy’s desire to dance, scored an impressive 15 Tony nominations, including best musical, it was announced Tuesday morning.

Billy will compete in the top category with Next to Normal, a brash musical about a mother’s nervous breakdown; the pop compendium Rock of Ages; and Shrek the Musical.

Dolly Parton’s just-opened 9 to 5 was among those overlooked in the best musical category, though one of its stars, Allison Janney, received a nod in the leading actress race. The lively revival of the ’60s tribal rock musical Hair received eight nominations, including best revival.

Among dramas and comedies, the best play nominees are Horton Foote’s sly Dividing the Estate, about a money-strapped Texas family; the brittle God of Carnage, starring four Tony nominees (James Gandolfini, Jeff Daniels, Marcia Gay Harden and Hope Davis); Neal LaBute’s romantic drama Reasons To Be Pretty, and 33 Variations, which stars the nominated Jane Fonda as a dying musicologist.

Winners will be announced Sunday, June 7, during a three-hour CBS telecast from Radio City Music Hall. For a complete list of nominees, click here.

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